How to file GST returns online: Step-by-step guide

To submit or deposit GST returns, GST compliant purchase and sale invoices are required. It is used by tax authorities to calculate the tax liability. Under GST

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax in force as of July 1, 2017 across India. The Goods and Services Tax Return (GST) is the filing of taxes through GSTR forms according to the tiles and eligibility criteria. A declaration is a document that contains details of the income that the taxpayer must present to the tax administrative authorities.

To submit or deposit GST returns, GST compliant purchase and sale invoices are required. It is used by tax authorities to calculate the tax liability. Under GST, a registered merchant must file GST returns that include purchases and sales, GST (on sales), and an input tax credit (GST paid on purchases).

Who should submit a GST return request:

All registered companies are required to submit monthly, quarterly and/or annual GST declarations, depending on the type of business.

Based on GST returns, taxpayers manage their companies and businesses across India, whether interstate or intrastate, they are responsible for filing a GST return as determined by the GST Board and Indirect Tax Administration.

GST Returns List:

GSTR-1 - Registered taxable supplier must provide details of deliveries of goods and services that are taxable as affected.

GSTR-2 - Registered taxable recipient must provide details of incoming supplies of taxable goods and services claiming input tax deduction (GSTR-2 deposit facility is not currently available on the online portal).

GSTR-3B - the taxpayer must file the monthly return on the basis of completing the summary details of external supplies and incoming supplies in addition to paying the tax amount.

GSTR-4 (CMP 08) - Configuration provider must provide quarterly refund of payment deposit.


GSTR-5 - non-resident taxpayer foreign tax return.

GSTR-5A - Return of OIDAR.

GSTR-6 - Return for the inbound service distributor.

GSTR-7 - return to the authorities that deduct the tax at origin.

GSTR-8 - The e-commerce operator or tax collector must provide details of the supplies executed and the amount of tax collected.

GSTR-9 - The average registered taxpayer must file an annual return.

GSTR-9A - Installers must provide an annual declaration.

GSTR-9C: business volume greater than 2 crores (ordinary taxpayers) in a given fiscal year.

GSTR-10 - A taxable person whose registration has been revoked or waived must submit the final declaration.

GSTR-11: A person with a UIN claiming a refund must provide details of the supplies received.

How to submit a GST return request online:

  • Visit the GST portal (www.gst.gov.in).
  • A 15-digit Goods and Services Tax Identification Number (GST) will be issued based on the state code and the PAN number.
  • Upload invoices to the GST portal or program. An invoice reference number will be issued against each invoice.
  • After uploading invoices, the incoming and outgoing return and the cumulative monthly return must be submitted online.
  • Submit external supply returns on form GSTR-1 through the information section of the Common GST portal (GSTN) on or before the tenth of the following month.
  • If there is an error, you have the option of correcting it and regrouping the returns.
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